Laura Harring Biography

(Mexican-American Actress and the First Hispanic Woman to be Crowned Miss USA in 1985)

Birthday: March 3, 1964 (Pisces)

Born In: Los Mochis, Mexico

Laura Harring is a Mexican-American actress and the first Hispanic woman to be crowned Miss USA. She is known for her work in both films and television, most notably in the 2001 neo-noir flick ‘Mulholland Drive,’ in which she featured in double roles as Rita and Camilla Rhodes. Born to an organic farmer of Austrian-German descent and a real estate investor and spiritual teacher, Harring spent her early life in Mexico before relocating to San Antonio, Texas. Following her graduation from the prestigious Aiglon College in Switzerland, she entered the world of beauty pageants, ultimately winning the title of Miss USA 1985. Harring then went on to work as a social worker, helping build schools, planting gardens and performing other manual tasks in the villages across India. Eventually, she began acting and continues to act in movies and television programs till date. Currently a divorcee in real life, the actress was earlier married to German politician Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen.
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Also Known As: Laura Elena Martínez Herring, Laura Elena, Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen

Age: 59 Years, 59 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Carl-Eduard von Bismarck (m. 1987–1989)

father: Raymond Herring

mother: María Elena Cairo

Born Country: Mexico

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Height: 1.68 m

Ancestry: German Mexican, Austrian Mexican, Mexican American

Notable Alumni: Aiglon College

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education: London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art, Aiglon College

Laura Harring began her acting career in 1987 through the television movie ‘The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory’. Two years later, she made her film debut in ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out’. From 1990 to 1991, she played Carla Greco in the medical drama ‘General Hospital’. During this time, she also had a role in ‘The Forbidden Dance’, a story of a native princess of Brazilian tribe who comes to USA to stop an American corporation from demolishing her rainforest home.
Following her appearance in the 1994 comedy thriller ‘Exit to Eden’, Harring featured in three episodes of ‘Flipper’. Soon after this, she played Paula Stevens in the series ‘Sunset Beach’. In the ensuing years, she had roles in a number of movies including ‘Little Nicky’, ‘John Q’, ‘Derailed’, ‘The Punisher’ and ‘The King’, to name a few. During this period, the actress also gave her best known performance in David Lynch's mystery film ‘Mulholland Drive’. Her performance in the dual roles of Rita and Camilla earned her worldwide appreciation and garnered her an American Latino Media Arts Award (ALMA).
Harring was cast as Rebecca Doyle in the series ‘The Shield’ in 2006. While working on the show, she also starred as Jane Rabbit in the experimental thriller ‘Inland Empire’. In the year 2007, she did the films ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. Two years later, the actress appeared in ‘Drool’, a film focusing on sexual assault, racism, teenage sex, homophobia, and verbal abuse. That year, Harring also appeared in four episodes of ‘Gossip Girl’. In 2016, she got featured in the movies ‘The Thinning’ and ‘Inside’. While the latter is a horror story about a pregnant woman who gets partially deaf after a car accident, the former is a social sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future where population control is enforced via a school aptitude test.
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Family & Personal Life
Laura Harring was born on March 3, 1964 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico to Raymond Herring, a developer and organic farmer, and María Elena Martínez-Cairo, a spiritual teacher and real estate investor. She has a sister named Rita. Her parents divorced in 1971. At the age of 16, Harring graduated with an academic diploma from Aiglon College, Switzerland. She later attended London Academy of Performing Arts and studied theatre there.
Coming to her love life, the actress she got married to German politician Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen in 1987. Although she separated from him in 1989, she retains her identity as Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen.

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